The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry

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Until 2009 published as Zeitschrift für Gerontopsychologie und -psychiatrie (ISSN-Print: 1011-6877 / ISSN-Online 1664-2899)

ISSN-L 1662-9647, ISSN-Print 1662-9647, ISSN-Online 1662-971X
Indexed in:
EMCARE, ESCI, PSYNDEX, Psycinfo and Scopus
Frieder R. Lang (Editor-in-Chief)
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About the Journal

Aims and Scope

GeroPsych is a leading international journal that provides an interdisciplinary forum for the rapidly growing field of aging research.

It publishes peer-reviewed and original research that addresses biological, psychological, behavioral, social, and cultural aspects of the aging process. GeroPsych seeks articles that combine theoretical, experimental, and applied perspectives on the diversity, heterogeneity, variability, and plasticity of the aging process and older populations. The journal is committed to research that relies on a rigorous quantitative approach, grounded innovative and validated methodology in established or emerging fields of geropsychology, gerontology, or geriatric psychiatry.


The journal targets scientists and readers who are interested in applied and basic research on mental, behavioral, social, cultural, and clinical aspects of the aging process and old age.

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Editorial Note

Obituary: Dieter Ferring (1958–2017)

Dieter Ferring passed away unexpectedly in The Netherlands on August 3, 2017.

GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry parts from Dieter Ferring with the utmost gratitude. Dieter Ferring eagerly served as a Founder and Associate Editor for this journal for nearly an entire decade. His impact on and importance to this journal will continue to be noticed for a long time.

Dieter Ferring was an enthusiastic, beloved, and much admired teacher, leader, and researcher at the University of Luxembourg, where he also served as a founder and head of a research unit and as course director. Geropsychology and Lifespan Science has lost an outstanding leader, who will be remembered as a passionate scientist, inspiring mentor, reliable partner, prudent advisor, and a warm-hearted colleague and friend to many.

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Call for papers

Upcoming special issue: “Informed Consent, Decision-Making Capacity, and Supported Decision Making”
Eds. Julia Haberstroh, Jakov Gather, and Manuel Trachsel

In most long-living modern societies, informed consent must be obtained before conducting any clinical or research intervention. This is the legal and ethical duty to inform the individual about the type and severity of their disease; to explain the diagnosis; and to describe possible medical treatment, care, or research participation, including potential risks and benefits, so that the patient is equipped to give self-determined, voluntary consent (or dissent) in respect of a specific proposed intervention. Like any other adult patient with or without a mental disorder, geriatric patients have the fundamental right to decide whether or not to accept a proposed medically indicated treatment or to participate in research, assuming that they have the capacity to understand the information provided and that they exhibit voluntariness in reaching a decision on that basis.

However, there remain many unanswered questions concerning the conceptualization and assessment of decision-making capacity, the scope and limitations of supported decision making, the conceptualization and traceability of voluntariness, issues of undue influence and coercion, the meaning and interpretation of patients’ and healthcare professionals’ values in the informed consent process, and the clinical applicability of ethical and legal standards.

“Informed Consent, Decision-making Capacity, and Supported Decision Making” the planned special issue of GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, will include both scholarly empirical and empirically substantiated conceptual articles discussing, from an international and interdisciplinary perspective, the challenges of informed consent among older people.

We cordially invite you to participate actively in this special issue by submitting your manuscript not later than November 1, 2017. We will accept full-length research reports, short research reports, clinical case reports, and short reviews. Theoretical articles should present evaluative summaries of research findings, integrative accounts of ongoing research programs, or innovative theories and models; they may also focus on methodological issues.

Submissions will only be accepted online at Please follow the online instructions for submission; if you have any queries regarding this process, please contact the Guest Editors or the publisher.

We hope you will respond to our invitation, and we look forward to your contribution. This invitation does not of course guarantee publication in GeroPsych, and all submitted manuscripts will undergo a comprehensive process of peer review.

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Instructions to Authors

We are looking forward to receiving your manuscript for GeroPsych. Please also take notice of the instructions to authors which you find in the Downloads section.

All manuscripts should be submitted online.

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